A love story: Cabbage, bacon, and onions...
Okay, okay...So it's not your typical 'love story,' but it's truly a fabulous one. There is just something about the combo of cabbage and onions fried up in a good splash of bacon grease! And don't forget the bacon crumble at serving time--it's totally necessary! I remember cabbage from my childhood and trust me when I say--the memory isn't a great one. Now, my Moma (Brenda Seabolt) is as fine a cook as you'll find when it comes to most things. But her affinity for BOILED CABBAGE breaks my heart. Granted, it's a healthier way to eat it, but it's not to be enjoyed much in my opinion. I remember as a kid walking over and looking in the pot to see sliced up chunks of cabbage floating around in boiling water. Yikes! Needless to say, I never put much on my plate but I did eat it--after all, what did I know? I was a kid! But I did know it wasn't my jam, and Praise God I learned years later to cook cabbage properly!
Cabbage is quite an interesting vegetable. It's eaten globally with the vast majority being produced and consumed in Asia. Here's a chart from Wiki for a 2018 cabbage production list:
Country Production in millions of tons
South Korea 2.5
That's a LOT of cabbage, y'all, and those numbers are just in those 5 countries. To say that cabbage is a staple food for a vast majority of the world population is an understatement for sure. I won't go into detail but if you're interested, check out this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabbage It's wild!
But enough of that. I'm famous for going down 'a rabbit hole' and getting away from my main theme which for this post is all about FRYING CABBAGE!! It's one of my top 3 ways to eat it, with the other 2 being kraut and coleslaw. I do adore a nice batch of kimchi, which is just a spicy Korean fermented cabbage dish, but that preparation calls for a Napa Cabbage, and for my post I'm referring to the humble smooth leafed green cabbage variety typically found in the produce section of your grocery store. That cabbage, along with sliced up yellow onions and a pound of bacon, will produce one of the best dishes ever cooked. And don't forget the black pepper. You gotta have it!!
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